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Gorgeous Books to Expand the Youngest Minds

The New York Times – Maria Russo

“If you’re as picky about rhyming picture books as I am, you’ll be excited that the former children’s poet laureate Hoberman, whose meter never falters, has created this clever ode to the sun and its globe-spanning, life-giving power. With Lozano’s cheerful art, the pages fly by, dropping tidbits of geoscience and empathy-building name-checks of far-off places: “Some children live in Paris / And others live in Rome. / Some children dwell in New Rochelle / And some call China home.” (But why no mention of Africans?) ” (more)

How To Raise Your Kids So That They Become Self-Sufficient Adults

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna

“The college admissions scandal highlights some very important truths about privilege, mental health and, of course, parenting. While the vast majority of parents are not in the position to bribe their children into elite schools, this extreme case illustrates the temptation many feel to take control of their kids’ lives. But an ultra-hands-on approach can have devastating consequences when it comes to a child’s mental health and ability to thrive.” (more)

Why Aren’t HTML/CSS/JavaScript Being Taught in Our Schools?

Interesting Engineering – Marcia Wendorf

“Given the proven need for these skills, you would think that schools around the world would be teaching them, but you would be wrong. In U.S. high schools, the two Advanced Placement courses that are taught, Computer Science A, and Computer Science Principles, teach only the Java programming language, and while their names are similar, Java and JavaScript are two entirely different programming languages.” (more)

How Visiting Kids at Home Can Help Us Provide a Better Experience in School

Ed Surge – Jabez LeBret

“Behavioral issues and even low test scores in the classroom are often the result of experiences that occur outside the school. This research study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), investigates the correlation between chaotic homes and children’s behavior, and in it, researchers make a strong case that conducting home visits has a net positive impact on the school, as they can provide valuable information about the student.” (more)

5 Ways to Incorporate SEL in Middle School

Edutopia – Jill Fletcher

“As a new teacher nearly a decade ago, I was handed a curriculum for social and emotional learning (SEL) and instructed to teach it twice a week during advisory. I did so as best I could. My middle school students were ethnically diverse, but in ways that didn’t match the students in the videos. My students dealt with very different racially charged terms, being that we’re in Hawai’i. We had been given a research-based curriculum to combat a rise in complaints of bullying, but the curriculum was not culturally relevant to our students.” (more)

Beekeeping offers students hands-on science, business and agriculture experience

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” As an Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science teacher at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Chris Freeman solidly believes in hands-on learning — particularly when it comes to the beehives kept on campus. The school has 25 beekeeping suits on hand, students are expected to check on the hives regularly and, as Freeman will proudly say, there has not been an increase in bee stings since the hives first appeared six years ago.” (more)

How to raise global citizens of tomorrow

Medical X-Press – Len Canter

“It’s never too soon to teach kids to be culturally competent—to learn about, respect and accept people whose culture is different from their own. Children as young as 2 start to become aware of differences among people—starting with gender—and to be sensitive to attitudes held by those around them. Experts believe that a child’s cultural attitudes are set by age 9. That’s why it’s so important to teach kids to be good global citizens even before preschool.” (more)

3 Benefits of Studying Abroad

The U.S. News and World Report – Josh Moody

“A college education can be life-changing; to get even more out of the experience, experts recommend studying abroad. “It really is transformative for students,” says Scott Sibley, interim provost at Goucher College in Maryland. “I see students who come back and the growth that they’ve experienced, the change in them in a positive way now that they’ve seen more is wonderful.” Study abroad professionals cite many reasons for a student to consider this option, but three in particular stand out.” (more)

‘It’s real to them, so adults should listen’: what children want you to know to help them feel safe

The Conversation – Tim Moore

“In recent months, we have been confronted by events that make the world seem unsafe. Among these are the horrific stories of child sexual abuse, the rise in Aboriginal youth suicide and the tragedy of mass killings at the hands of an Australian terrorist in Christchurch. Many of us feel anger, despair, hopelessness and grief as we are hit by what feels like a constant barrage of bad news. It’s important to take care of our mental health during such times, but it’s also vital to think about how children and young people are experiencing and responding to difficult events, and the ensuing emotions.” (more)

11 educators share how they bring coding into the classroom

E-School News – Ellen Ullman

“By now, most educators understand the importance of coding. Programmers continue to be in high demand, and coding improves much-needed skills like creativity, persistence, problem solving, and critical thinking. But just because you know you should teach something, doesn’t mean you can. Perhaps you can’t figure out how to fit it into your already crowded curriculum, or maybe you’re intimidated to try. eSchool News is here to help.” (more)